Saginaw's Human Rights Ordinance tabled indefinitely - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw's Human Rights Ordinance tabled indefinitely

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The Saginaw City Council has tabled a decision to approve an ordinance supporters say would protect employees from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Nearly 40 people weighed in at Monday night's city council meeting regarding the "Human Rights Ordinance," which would make it a civil infraction for employers to fire gay and lesbian workers.  Currently, there is no law in the book protecting workers from being fired based on their orientation.

The three and a half hour meeting adjourned with the ordinance being tabled indefinitely.  Councilman Amos O'Neal said the city needs more time to investigate the arguments from those in favor of, and who oppose such an ordinance.  Councilwoman Annie Boensch, who sponsored the proposal, told the public at the meeting a decision should be made immediately because council members have had two weeks to investigate the issue.

Proponents of the ordinance told council members it is needed to give gays and lesbians the protection they deserve as humans.  Opponents believe this ordinance could infringe on their religious rights protected by the Constitution.

The council voted 7-2 to spend more time on this issue before any decision is made.  There was no timetable set for when the council will explore the issue again.

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